Houston Community News >> Houston Ranks Low in Household Income

8/30/2006 Houston - Houston families are earning more than their counterparts in Dallas. However, local residents' median household incomes are still lagging behind state and national averages.

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Houston's median household income currently stands at $36,894, according to new statistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau. This is higher than Dallas' $36,403 but behind Austin's $43,731 and San Antonio's $40,186.

Texas' median household income is $42,139 while the national median household income is $46,242. Texas has some of the poorest counties in the nation and continues to have the highest rate of uninsured individuals. But it also has cities with some of the largest household incomes in the country, according to figures released today by the U.S. Census.

But income, poverty and health insurance coverage information released today by the Census in two reports — the 2005 American Community Survey and the Current Population Survey — did not yield many surprises about Texas.

Texas was the fifth poorest state, eighth in poverty among the elderly, 49th on the percent of people with a high school diploma and the state's median household income of $42,139 ranked 35th.

The U.S. Census Bureau released the figures as part of its report "Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2005.

(Contributed by Houston Business Journal)